UNICEF Tap Project

http://tap.unicefusa.org/mobile

Okay, so this is an incredible opportunity for us to do our bit  for charity and you don’t have to spend a penny.

In a bid to provide water to some of the worlds poorest children, UNICEF have paired up with companies like Giorgio Armani fragrances to bring us a challenge.

Water is a necessity, something everybody needs to survive, but one thing we don’t need, and yet most would say they couldn’t live without, is our phone.

So what you do and what it’s all about:

Click on the link above (using your phone) and all you have to do is leave your phone alone. That’s it. Put your phone down and don’t touch it; for every ten minutes you leave your phone alone for, a day supply of water for a third world child will be provided. The web page will start counting once your phone is still.

You can leave your phone whilst it’s charging, or even overnight. Just leave the screen on. You don’t use it whilst you’re sleeping so why let a child die from unsanitary water whilst you rest your head? If you sleep for the average 8 hours, then you will be earning 48 days worth of water for a child. And thats without even lifting a finger (or a phone). 

Plus, the page gives you facts as it’s counting and it tells you who and where is holding the record for leaving their phone the longest. Admittedly, i’m getting slightly competitive. 

So do your part. It’s not hard, it doesn’t cost you a thing but you’ll be saving lives. 

Your phone has a value that reduces the older it gets.

A dying child’s life is priceless no matter what their age.

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Hours getting longer, childhood getting shorter.

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After having a very in depth discussion the other day with a friend about certain injudicious policies that the government have introduced, it struck me that I was possibly being too judge-mental.

Now I know for sure that the government is possibly even more short-sighted and misinformed than I first thought.

Plastered all over the front cover of today’s Sun is the headline : Detention For All, whereby…wait for it…Tory Paul Kirby has proposed that school holidays be slashed to 7 weeks a year and children must stay in school from 9 in the morning to six o’clock at night (longer than an average days work).

Erm, were you playing dares when you came up with this Kirby?

You expect children from the age of five to work solid for 9 hours? Hmm, I’m pretty that is called child labour!

In all seriousness, the policy is preposterous. The government have said it will cut childcare costs, reduce after-school crime and let millions of mums work (We’ll just disregard the outrageous sexism in that quote…for now…).

Yet, they have not stopped to even consider those who will be most affected by this: the children! As a student myself I know exactly how much pressure we are all under to get halfway decent grades for university’s to even consider you. You have to funnel thousands of pounds to pay for further education and work those muscles to drag around a voluptuous amount of debt for the rest of your working life!

But to get to that point, you have to get through school first and let me tell you, it ain’t a picnic. The workload is crippling and this along, with the hours you already have to study for, the people you have to work with and the homework you are given, it’s a wonder mortality rates for children have decreased over the years.

For once, I am not being sarcastic. The new rules they wish to implement are nothing short of barbaric. Childhood is getting shorter by the day and someone needs to stand up and point out the truth. Though the world may revolve around money, it is THE PEOPLE who earn and spend it and we are the next generation. We wish to be heard when we speak out and let me tell you, we disagree with you!

How can you even consider such a law? Already children are bowing to the pressure that is put on them by their parents and the government; in most cases, and I will admit this myself, the ones who put the most pressure on the children is the children themselves.

The government seem to paint every child with the same brush (orange paint mostly-yes, the sarcasm is back) but the majority do NOT commit crime, as WE DON’T HAVE THE BLOODY TIME TOO! Instead the majority are shut in their rooms revising for examinations and tests and god knows what else (thank you Michael Gove) whilst the world goes by without them.

Without us.

I hope to God that this is just an off the cuff scheme that will never take off, just like the idea of equality for example, and that more support is provided for the children that do already work hard. We do not need extra hours for work, we need extra hours in the day to catch up on all the work we are already given.

Do you know what I propose? I’ve not had that much time to think it through that thoroughly (what with all my mock exams I haven’t been revising for and all) but I propose that these officials go into schools and colleges themselves and experience first hand what children of today actually go through: the bullying; the pressures of both schools and peers.

I want them to see for themselves exactly what we go through to get where we want to be. I didn’t just sit on my backside all day because I’d finished my work and didn’t have anyone to bum a smoke off. I worked my damned hardest through every minute to make sure that every insult and taunt that came my way, every tear and blood drop I shed would be all worth it in the end.

Seriously, go into one of these schools and get yourself a real education, then tell us what you propose to do next.

Baa Baa Rainbow sheep, have you any sense?

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Don’t get me wrong. I stand for equality; for gay rights; for the world to see eachother in an unbiased way; for people to be able to look at another (someone who is different to themselves) and be able to smile because they realise people are unique. That someone shouldn’t be judged by the way they look, how old they are, who they love or whether they have a penis.

But on the other hand, the world has gone mad!

Political correctness is at its peak and some of the things that we have to say now is, well, ridiculous to be frank! Here are just a few (try not to laugh):

1. As you probably guessed from the title, the old nursery rhyme Baa baa black sheep, is now sung as Rainbow sheep in primary schools. If a sheep has black wool then surely it is in fact a black sheep? Is it rainbow because it excretes gold from the end of it?

2. Ginger-bread men are now ginger-bread people. But don’t be mistaken, this is not down to feminism, no, it’s because men complained that women should get eaten too! We do stand for equality after all!

3. People have complained that it’s unfair children in newspapers are publicised as being “lost” (a missing person) which indicates that the parents of the child are to blame: that they somehow neglected their child. Okay, so how would you like them to be described? Last seen on friday, this child is “Temporarily Disorientated.”

4. In Australia 2007, Santa Claus’ were banned from saying Ho Ho Ho, to avoid offending women. Why? Well, apparently they thought all women were Whores.

And, finally…

5. “Brain-storm” is no longer acceptable as it may offend those with epilepsy, instead we must replace it with “thought-shower” which I think is just as offensive to people like my brother who only seem to voluntarily bathe once a year whether they need it or not!

Little Maddy

6 Years ago, one family’s world was shredded to pieces when their daughter Madeleine McCann went missing, whilst holidaying in Portugal.

The media coverage that was given to this case was phenomenal and despite efforts from the police and general public alike, the little girl that the nation came to know so well has not yet been found.

But that may be about to change.

A new witness has just come forward saying he saw the child alive only days ago, consequently launching a new inquiry into the disappearance of the missing girl.

Whilst this is good news for the family and detectives working the case, what I question is why so many headlines were dedicated to this particular family.

Over the years, many children and family members alike have gone missing from their homes and missing from the streets, with very little effort from the media to find them. Their stories have gone untold and I question why?

Is it fair that the McCann family have more of a chance to find their girl than others? Is it just that other families have lost all hope when others have so much? And is it fair that they have to read the headlines everyday knowing their child got a short paragraph in the back of the newspaper at the most?

Of course it’s not fair. But the world is an unfair place and the sad reality is that this isn’t about the McCann’s. This isn’t even about the police. This is about how we need to be aware of others around and not concentrate on the events that took place all those years ago.

We must look to the future and cross our fingers that little Maddy and those other missing children around the U.K will one day be found and have their stories told.

Stories that will not just be heard, but ones that will be listened to attentively.